Devotionals

Alternative View - July 31, 2017

Biblical Saints Living in Carnality

In His Presence: Proverbs 24:14

It is possible to be a genuine Christian and be carnal. The Bible gives us several examples of such men and women. One of these examples is Saul, son of Kish, the first king of Israel. We know that he was redeemed because the Bible says: “God changed his heart” (1 Samuel 10:9). Yet here was a man who, because of his rebellion against God, eventually sought the counsel of witches and committed suicide.

King Solomon is another example of a king who was redeemed by God but turned away from Him. At first, he was a tremendous king. The Lord appeared to him in a dream one night and said to Solomon: “Ask what you wish me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5). King Solomon replied: “Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child . . . Give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil” (vv. 7-9). Yet later in the same book it says: “King Solomon loved many foreign women” (1 Kings 11:1). When King Solomon entered the life of carnality, he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is about the emptiness of life.

The sons of Jacob lived in carnality for 11 years after they sold Joseph into slavery. King David lived in a state of carnality when he committed adultery and murder. When David tried to hide his sin, he covered it up until Nathan the prophet confronted him.

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